Harry Maguire has admitted that Manchester United’s players must take the blame for the crisis that has emerged at Old Trafford – rather than newly appointed interim manager Ralf Rangnick.
The United captain has come out fighting his manager’s corner after a week which saw the Reds beaten at home by Wolves and a catalogue of stories came out claiming unrest in the dressing room.
Maguire doesn’t try hide the fact that there are some unhappy players at the club, but he has urged them to earn their wages.
The skipper believes that Rangnick can still lead the side to a top four finish as well as a trophy.
Maguire said (via The Mirror): “He [Rangnick] has made an impact – we win together and lose together. The manager is there to set us up tactically, which we absolutely take on board. His detail and preparation is enormous. We’ve got full respect and trust in his methods.
“Yes, it’s difficult when the coaching team changes mid-season, like it does at loads of clubs. But I will say it again: it’s down to us as players. The quality and leaders are in the team to ensure we finish the season in the top four and with a trophy.”
Rangnick was brought on board to take charge of the team for the remainder of the season. He then moves upstairs into a consultancy role for 2-years.
His football style requires high physical intensity but we’ve not seen enough of that from the players since Rangnick’s arrival.
United take on Aston Villa in the FA Cup tomorrow and Maguire has been spotted returning to training.